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    Default QUESTION FOR 2020....

    I spend a lot of time thinking about quilting and I have come to the conclusion that I need to make some changes to how I sew to accommodate my arthritic hands. My favorite part of making a quilt has always been hand hemming the binding, but after two hours of hand sewing I can't use my hands for at least 5 days.

    In 2020 a new skill I would like to cultivate is machine sewing binding. What skill/technique do you want to learn or perfect in 2020? Maybe English paper piecing....applique....foundation piecing...Bargello....hand quilting..... long-arm quilting....etc.

    I look forward to hearing from you....

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    I also love doing the hand stitched binding Barb. What I would like to do is a bargello and also try some English Paper Piecing.
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    Hand stitching is beautiful and if it is a quilt which would be considered an heirloom, then hand stitching is the way I would go.

    I machine stitch almost all bindings, particularly for items which will get a ton of use and need to be washed/dried and done over and over. I find it more pleasing if I use the backing to bind. Lots of tuts out there. The best thing about it is that you don't have to think about stitching in the ditch on the back as you would if you used the more general method of binding a quilt and then machine stitching from the front.

    I also use a fiskars ruler/rotary cutter tool. Love it for it's accuracy, safety and gentle on my hands. Here's a site which has them https://allstitch.com/products/fiska...yABEgKfTPD_BwE
    Places like Joann's, Amazon, etc. carry them as well.

    Here's a sample of front and back of this method Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	161933 The back is on the top; front, of course on the bottom of the picture. So if you sewed evenly on the top, the back has a nice even and clean stitching all around. You can get super sharp miters by using a method that is used for napkins like this one https://www.supermomnocape.com/how-t...?cn-reloaded=1
    Trick to make the miters work well is to start sewing in the middle of one of the sides that is not on the bias.
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    Default Re: QUESTION FOR 2020....

    Barb, I'm sorry that arthritis is interfering with your quilt making. Kudos to you for finding a way to adapt.

    The skill I need to learn is FMQ. I have a wall hanging in progress, but the borders remain. The other new skill I will be practicing is applying a piped binding. I'd better learn all I can on this wall hanging, because my next binding project will be a king size quilt that is currently at the LA.

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    For 2019 I was supposed to learn curved piecing. I have only done a few and find it very scary. Due to selling my house and moving to another state I did not do any curved piecing. So that is my goal again for 2020.
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    Hmm that is a tough one but one of these days I would like to practice practice FMQ. One of these days.
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    Default Re: QUESTION FOR 2020....

    I want to increase my free motion skills and pattern selection. I can do a couple fairly well but would love to be able to do more designs. I really need to slow down with that and probably everything else I do. There is no reason for me to be in a hurry.

    BTW, I like to sew my binding to the front then turn to the back and sew down from the front using a serpentine stitch. I agree this would be for utility quilts.

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    I would like to do more paper piecing and try bargello and make more art quilts.

    I have machine stitched all of my bindings. If I sewed it by hand I would probably never finish a quilt because I'm so slow at it.

    Barb, so sorry that it bothers yours hands so much.
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    I would like to practice FMQ more this year. My wrist doesn't like it, but I figure practice in little bits might help keep things from stiffening even more.

    I've also thought about knitting some more, again mainly for my wrist.

    Curve piecing scares me too. I have a pattern from my Secret Santa, so maybe, I'll give it a go!
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    Barb, I know exactly what your talking about with hand sewing and arthritis. I have psoriatic arthritis in my right wrist. I also enjoy hand sewing binding. I have found that if I don't try to do the entire quilt at one time, it really helps. There also all sorts of glove type support for your hands out there. One doctor gave me one that helped but made it hard to sew wearing it. Stores like CVS and Walmart have gloves that work better for me. You can find them with the tips of the fingers cut out, but still hand sewing in moderation is what I do.

    There are so many things I want to learn this year. I really want to learn how to do ruler work on the long arm. I am the worst at applique you have probably ever seen, it would be nice to take a class in that.

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